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June 1, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Cooking Demonstration: Vegan Filipino Food

Monday, June 1, 2020

Join us online, for a delicious cooking demonstration!

Can Filipino cuisine be vegan, healthy, and delicious – without losing its soul? Chef RG Enriquez says yes!

Enriquez, a self-styled "passionate purveyor of vegan Filipino recipes," will take us along step-by-step as she prepares her own take on classic Filipino food. RG says her veganized dishes are delicious without losing their traditional Filipino essence.

The dish:
Tofu Adobo - a simple, quarantine-friendly, plant-based version of a classic Filipino dish called adobo. It's a savory dish that's best enjoyed with a side of rice or preferred starch. It's healthier than the meat version but just as hearty and flavorful. Cook along with the chef!

You’ll need:
  • Cooking oil
  • 1 package firm tofu (about 16 ounces) frozen overnight then thawed for few hours
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic, peeled, crushed, and minced
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2-3 pieces bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
About RG Enriquez
RG Enriquez is a cook and a purveyor of both traditionally vegan and veganized Filipino food.  She was born and raised in Bacoor Cavite, Philippines, where she grew up helping her mother cook traditional Filipino food for the family.  RG was 15 when she came with her family to the San Francisco Bay Area.  She became a vegan in college, and now runs the food blog Astig Vegan. RG explains, "'Astig' is a Tagalog (Filipino dialect) slang word for tough, unique, or gutsy. I look at vegan Filipino food as something 'Astig.'"

This free  event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.